Philomena, the Most Powerful Saint Who Never Was

St Philomena Shrine Web

When the Vatican Congregation of Rites revised the liturgical calendar in 1961, removing a whole list of saints from universal commemoration, it hit my little corner of the world pretty hard. There was the demotion of Mr Christopher, valued among us preteens not as the patron of motorways but because the giving of his St Christopher medal by a boy to a girl was the Catholic sixth-grade mark of Going Steady. ("He LIKES me likes me!") St Vibiana, patroness of the Los Angeles cathedral, suddenly … [Read more...]


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